Matt Harrison continues to make one of the most unlikely comebacks in recent memory. When and if he finally returns to a big-league mound will be a miracle of modern medicine.
Harrison is trying to return to the bigs as a pitcher after a spinal fusion procedure that has been the result of him pitching in just four games in the last two years, and he'll take another step toward that comeback on Wednesday with a rehab start in Frisco.
His last start came at Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, when he hit a batter in the seventh inning and was in the middle of a bench-clearing skirmish.
"I wish he wouldn't have been in the middle of it, but he was," Rangers GM Jon Daniels told ESPN. "In a roundabout way, it was a pretty positive sign his confidence was back."
For a team that was starving for pitching depth at this time last year and appeared to be in the same boat in April with the losses of Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, the Rangers are suddenly really deep in rotation depth with Harrison and fellow rehabber Martin Perez nearing a return and Holland likely due back at some point in August.
Harrison is expected to make at least Wednesday's start and possibly another before being a candidate to join the Rangers, and he said he feels ready now, unlike last year when he tried to pitch through what he knew was a pretty serious deal.
"I never got right last year. I was trying to make myself pitch through it," Harrison told ESPN. "It's not going anywhere now. I got it all bolted up."
Just as his back is solid now, Harrison could further solidify a steadying rotation soon, and if he does, it'd be one of the best stories in recent memory.